Shianne Givens

Springfield woman accused of running from police custody indicted

Shianne Givens, 35, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on counts of escape and theft.

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Springfield police began their investigation Aug. 7 when they were called to West North Street to investigate a report of a theft, according to an affidavit filed in support of the charges. Officers spoke with a woman who said her purse was stolen by a woman with blonde hair and wearing a pink shirt.

“While checking the area, (an officer) advised he observed a female matching the suspect description walk into Wendy’s,” the affidavit says.

Officers responded to the Wendy’s and were told the woman had gone into the bathroom, the court document says. When Givens left the bathroom, she was wearing a multicolored dress and in a bag was a pink shirt and a blonde wig, the affidavit says.

Givens was taken back to the scene where the purse was stolen, the affidavit says, and the victim was able to identify her. But, while the officers spoke to the woman Givens was able to escape.

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“While speaking to (the victim) outside my cruiser, Givens was able to free one of her hands from her handcuffs and roll the back window down, open the door and run southbound,” the affidavit says.

Officers pursued Givens on foot for about 100 yards, the affidavit says, and was able to catch her.